The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)
 
 
 
 
 

Mouse keratin 4 is necessary for internal epithelial integrity.

Keratins are intermediate filaments of epithelial cells. Mutations in keratin genes expressed in skin lead to human disorders, including epidermolysis bullosa simplex and epidermolytic hyperkeratosis. We examined the role of keratin 4 (K4) in maintaining the integrity of internal epithelial linings by using gene targeting to generate mice containing a null mutation in the epithelial K4 gene. Homozygous mice that do not express K4 develop a spectrum of phenotypes that affect several organs which express K4 including the esophagus, tongue, and cornea. The cellular phenotypes include basal hyperplasia, lack of maturation, hyperkeratosis, atypical nuclei, perinuclear clearing, and cell degeneration. These results are consistent with the notion that K4 is required for internal epithelial cell integrity. As mutations in K4 in humans lead to a disorder called white sponge nevus, the K4-deficient mice may serve as models for white sponge nevus and for understanding the role of K4 in cellular proliferation and differentiation.[1]

References

  1. Mouse keratin 4 is necessary for internal epithelial integrity. Ness, S.L., Edelmann, W., Jenkins, T.D., Liedtke, W., Rustgi, A.K., Kucherlapati, R. J. Biol. Chem. (1998) [Pubmed]
 
WikiGenes - Universities